Millennium (1996 series)

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Summary

"Wait. Worry. Who cares? The time is near. This is who we are. He sees what the killer sees; his curse is your salvation." A former FBI profiler with the ability to look inside the mind of a killer begins working for the mysterious Millennium Group.

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Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: TV-MA (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

This series never makes any explicit connections to Lovecraft's fiction, though the apocalyptic themes (compare series slogan "the time is near" to "the stars are right"), the various doomsday cultists and killers, the secret society of supernatural investigators, and supernatural elements seem to be a natural fit for a modern take on Lovecraft (e.g., Delta Green).

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis

Former FBI agent Frank Black tries to stem the tide of violent crime through psychological means. Even though he blames the mysterious Millennium Group, an organization of former law-enforcement officers dedicated to battling crime as the millennium approaches, for the death of his wife, he joins the group in their fight against a conspiracy of seemingly supernatural forces of evil.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • As a result of the regularly shifting executive producers who supervised its creative process and to keep the show interesting to viewers in the hopes of boosting ratings, each season of the series carries its own distinct style and unique elements. Creator Chris Carter oversaw production of the first season, which mainly focused on the more human side of violent crime with some strongly hinted supernatural elements. Writers/producers Glen Morgan and James Wong supervised the second season and proceeded to revamp the show considerably, emphasizing religious symbolism and expanding on the nature of the Millennium group while greatly enhancing the anxiety and fear of the coming Millennium. In the third and final season, they were replaced by writer Chip Johannessen; his season dropped the religious symbolism of season two and focused more on crime stories with an occasional science fiction angle and some episodes featuring the supernatural here and there.
  • Millennium was cancelled before the new millennium began, but Frank Black got to appear as a character in a 7th-season cross-over episode of The X-Files (1993 series) to help tie up some loose ends from Millennium. The following The X-Files (1993 series) episodes either cross over with Millennium or share similar themes:
    • Episode 2x13 "Irresistable" - Someone is excavating graves in Minneapolis, removing body parts from the corpses. Mulder and Scully are contacted because the agent on the case believes it is the work of aliens; however Mulder quickly dismisses the idea, profiling the perpetrator as a "death fetishist" (a term network standards & practices preferred to "necrophiliac"). Later key evidence shows up and Scully realises the case is more personal than she thought.
    • Episode 2x24 "Our Town" - Dudley, Arkansas, is the site of the latest investigation for Mulder and Scully, who are sent to find a missing poultry inspector. The case takes a twist when another poultry worker is shot after she goes insane, giving Mulder a hunch that the townsfolk really are what they eat.
    • Episode 3x11 "Revelations" - Mulder tracks a series of religiously motivated murders. Each of the eleven victims claims to have been stigmatic but all turned out to be frauds. When Mulder and Scully discover a little boy displaying inexplicable wounds of religious significance, they try to protect him from the killer they know will be coming.
    • Episode 7x04 "Millennium" - An associate of the Millennium Group, which believes the apocalypse will happen on the new year of 2000, resurrects the dead for use in actively bringing about of a zombie apocalypse as a precursor to the End of Times, and Mulder and Scully have to ask the help of criminal profiler Frank Black, a man who has former experience with the shadowy group.


Associated Mythos Elements


Keeper Notes

  • Millennium's original concept, a mysterious consulting group with some dark secrets assisting the police in violent and cult-related crimes with supernatural overtones, is a natural hook for many types of investigators to get involved in modern Call of Cthulhu RPG scenarios, and should also work well with Delta Green scenarios.
  • Note that Lovecraft did write several possession stories comparable to the stories in Millennium, involving possessions from the spirits of human wizards and witches and from alien beings. Though the show's stories seem on the surface to be of a traditionally (and non-Lovecraftian) good-vs.-evil nature, with human beings caught between a behind-the-scenes struggle between demons and angels, this need not be taken as anything other than the subjective beliefs of unreliable narrators for a Call of Cthulhu adaptation: both the "demonic" and "angelic" forces interfering in human lives can be regarded as completely amoral Lovecraftian aliens in conflict with each other and with humanity over "human resources" without changing the stories in any significant way.